Trump's New Executive Order Takes A Direct Swing At Protesters
Trump put forth an executive order to ensure that vandals would face a stiff penalty if they decided to deface Federal monuments or tear them down. It looks like his order is already being used as four men are being charged for attempting to tear down a statue of Andrew Jackson not far from the White House.
"The four men were at protests at Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C., on Monday. The men attempted to use ropes to topple the bronze statue of Andrew Jackson, who served as the seventh president of the United States.
As police attempted to protect the statue, there were clashes with the crowd. Two U.S. Park Police officers were injured, and two rioters were arrested."
"On Saturday, the DOJ announced federal charges against four suspects — who hail from D.C., Maine, Maryland, and Virginia. The suspects are Lee Michael Cantrell, 47; Connor Matthew Judd, 20; Ryan Lane, 37; and Graham Lloyd, 37."
"The complaint alleges that Judd is seen on video trying to pull down the statue, and that Lane is seen on video affixing a rope to one part of the statue and then pulling on another rope tied to the statue. The complaint also alleges that the video of the incident shows Lloyd as he breaks off and destroys the wheels of cannons located at the base of the statue. Lloyd is also captured on video pulling on ropes in an effort to topple the statue, and handing a hammer to an unidentified individual involved in the incident."
"It is the policy of the United States to prosecute to the fullest extent permitted under Federal law, and as appropriate, any person or any entity that destroys, damages, vandalizes, or desecrates a monument, memorial, or statue within the United States or otherwise vandalizes government property. The desire of the Congress to protect Federal property is clearly reflected in section 1361 of title 18, United States Code, which authorizes a penalty of up to 10 years’ imprisonment for the willful injury of Federal property."
It's a good thing that Trump made this executive order. We have protesters thinking they can destroy anything and everything without any consequence. They have already attacked Washington, Jefferson, Columbus, and countless other statues. We need our leaders to stand up to these vandals and end these attacks on American History.